Software Engineering Manager

  • Full Time
  • Remote
  • Management

Website Nava PBC

Supporting structural change for simple, effective govt services

About Nava
Nava is a consultancy and public benefit corporation working to make government services simple, effective, and accessible to all. Since 2013, federal, state, and local government agencies have trusted Nava to build transformative digital services to help people access public benefits. Meeting our mission is an opportunity to restore trust between people and public institutions. We focus on populations that are the least protected because the stakes are higher.

As a client services company, we work with government agencies to improve how people apply for benefits, navigate their health care, and more. We bill for our time, selling our expertise and problem-solving methodology to government clients. Our clients hire us to help improve their products and services so that their users and beneficiaries have a better customer experience.

These end-users—the humans who benefit from our work—are at the core of everything we do. We research beneficiaries’ needs to help our government clients better deliver on their missions, providing everyone at Nava opportunities to do meaningful, impactful work.

Position summary
We are seeking a reliable, experienced hands-on, Software Engineering Manager who cares deeply about nurturing teams to build software that makes a real difference in people’s lives and is keen to grapple with the complexities and trade-offs involved in building government software.

You prefer using proven technologies to build well-designed systems that are scalable, performant, and secure. You’re able to navigate trade-offs to deliver the most value while hitting deadlines and keeping an eye toward future work.

You enjoy working on cross-functional teams, mentoring others, and partnering with leadership and government stakeholders to lead initiatives. You have empathy for the people who rely on your work, and you care about how your behavior affects others. You are humble and you value critical feedback and personal growth. You are comfortable receiving and giving kind, candid feedback.

You enjoy helping teams follow best practices but are flexible in their application. You can mentor technical leads and individual contributors to determine where to invest time to deliver the most value.

You have experience leading teams that have built large-scale systems that are well-designed, fast, scalable, and secure. You excel at communication and teamwork skills, building and improving processes to improve communication and collaboration on your teams. You must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in writing, in person, and through online tools, especially because we work with government stakeholders and other contractors. You can adapt your communication style depending on the audience.

You exhibit good judgment and are able to adapt to new situations well. You will encounter situations that no one on your team or at Nava has encountered before. You take responsibility and are able to persist through ambiguity to get to a solution.

What you’ll do

  • Manage engineering staff on one or more cross-functional program teams.
  • Provide coaching and feedback through regular 1:1s, biannual performance reviews, and professional development plans.
  • Hire and onboard new engineers.
  • Work with multiple stakeholders to determine technical roadmaps and priorities.
  • Work closely with other program leaders to identify and mitigate program risks.
  • Help technical team leads learn to guide their engineering team on planning, estimation, prioritization, trade-offs, balancing technical debt, and meeting project milestones.
  • Improve overall engineering quality through documentation, technical guidance and mentoring, and establishing and upholding best practices for the team.
  • Review and approve code and give feedback on technical specs.
  • Create architecture and design artifacts.
  • Review architecture and design artifacts from other program teams.
  • Collaborate with delivery and product teams, government stakeholders, and other contractors to design new systems and improve existing systems.
  • Implement new tools and practices, and improve existing tools and practices, that make the team more effective.

Required skills

  • 6+ years (10+ without Bachelor’s degree) of relevant technical experience.
  • 3+ years of management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Enjoy mentoring and growing engineers.
  • Experience leading multiple software development teams working in both agile (SAFe exposure preferred) and waterfall environments.
  • Experience implementing team processes and building a collaborative team culture.
  • Experience designing and implementing application architecture and systems that are highly scalable, available, and performant.
  • Comfortable making trade-offs to hit aggressive goals while planning for future system and team health.
  • An adaptive, empathetic, collaborative, growth mindset.

Compensation range: $153,000 -$171,000


Other requirements
●  Must have lived in the United States for at least three (3) of the past five (5) years.
●  An active green card or citizenship is required.
●  Candidates who are offered a job with Nava must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa now or in the future.
●  Offer of hire is contingent upon completion of a background check that includes a criminal record history review.
●  Applicants selected for this position may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or applicants who are eligible for security clearances.

Perks working with Nava
●  Your well-being is important to us, so we offer highly competitive benefits for medical, dental, and vision
●  20 days of PTO accrued, 12 days paid federal holidays, 5 floating holidays, unlimited sick leave
●  16 weeks of fully paid parental leave and weekly meal deliveries during leave
●  Sabbatical Leave
●  401k contributions match at 4% of your salary
●  Flexible work arrangements
●  $1,000 new home office set up budget, monthly phone allowance
●  Monthly partial reimbursement for utilities (where applicable)
●  $2,000 annual tuition and professional development budget
●  Equity stock options
●  Employee referral program
●  Commuter Benefits
●  Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
●  Life and Accidental Death Insurance
●  Diverse, inclusive, highly collaborative, and vibrant culture fostering remote work!

You can work in a hybrid work arrangement from one of Nava’s offices in NYC, DC, or San Francisco. We also have fully remote options if you reside in one of the following states:

Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.

*If you are not living in one of the states listed above, unfortunately, you will not be considered for a position at this time. 

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